George A. S. Crooker to William H. Seward
Excerpt of letter from George A. S. Crooker to U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward, Oct. 8, 1862
"I see by the St Paul Press of this morning that the President or some department at Washington is about to get up a Commission to investigate the causes of the Sioux outbreak and the apparent threatening attitude of the Chippeway's[.] I hope it may be done Sir and done as it Should be with no man upon or of the Commission that has now or ever had any thing to do with either of these tribes whether as Superintendant Agent Trader or in any other way whatever. Then Sir you could get at the truth and in no other. The "cohesive power of public plunder" cements rogues together stronger than party or any other ties. So it is in St Paul. Her 40 thieves are of every known color and political creed and no matter what administration may be in power some of the band are always right and therefore the same men here always rule."
Abraham Lincoln Papers (Library of Congress), transcribed and annotated by the Lincoln Studies Center, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.